Every run is going to be gold dust from here, says Ashwin
Adelaide: Far from getting excited after having Australia in a spot of bother, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said on Friday the first Test is “extremely well poised” and every run in the remaining days will be worth its weight in gold. “I thought we really bottled them up, soaked them up and put on pressure from both ends,” said Ashiwn, the most successful India bowler with figures of 3/50.
“We don’t isolate it as a fast bowling or spin bowling pack. We identify it as a bowling unit together because one cannot exist without the other. Today was another perfect attrition day for us,” he added at the post-match press conference.
“I bowled an extended 22over spell even before and after tea to make sure that we do not give away more runs.
“I see it as neck-and-neck in the game. Whoever can get momentum from hereon has the edge in this Test. I think it is extremely well poised. Every run is going to be gold dust from here,” he added.
About the pitch, he said, “I thought there was a bit more stickiness yesterday (Thursday) and the speed has definitely come down. When we were batting yesterday I don’t think it was as slow as it was today.
“I think the wicket has slowed down considerably and I don’t expect it to quicken up more either. I think it’s going to slow down more,” the Tamil Nadu offie added.
Asked about bowling to the Australian left-handers, in particular Shaun Marsh whom he has dismissed five times now, Ashwin said, “I have dismissed quite a few other left-handers many more times. He is a fantastic player.
“There is a certain pattern that we saw through his videos before we got into the game. It was a sort of initial set-up that we wanted to do.
“Today the plan worked and not in the fashion that he dragged it on. But Shaun Marsh is one of the players that has played spin well in that batting order. So we thought it is a different plan for him going into this match.”
Australia opener Aaron Finch watches the stumps fly after being bowled by Ishant Sharma (not in picture) during the second day of the first Test in Adelaide on Friday
Ishant Sharma exults with teammates after Finch’s wicket